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Deodorants and Antiperspirants

Watch this video about deodorants and antiperspirants. Get educated about the chemistry and biology of KEEPING DRY and not stinking like a swamp!

Humans produce an odorless, oily, opaque secretion that begins to STINK upon bacterial decomposition. These are in the armpits and groin, which are more responsible for the dreaded body odor, or B.O.


Lynx Deodorant collection

Deodorants are applied to the body to mask body odor due to bacterial breakdown of perspiration in the armpits.


Brut antiperspirant sprays

Antiperspirants PREVENT sweating by BLOCKING apocrine sweat glands (see below).

Other types of deodorant allow sweating but prevent bacterial action on sweat since human sweat only has a noticeable smell (B.O.) when bacteria decompose it. These are organic, non-toxic deodorants based on herbs and other natural ingredients obtainable via this page.

Sweat Glands

Sweat glands are sudoriferous or sudoriparous glands, from the Latin sudor 'sweat.' They are small tubular structures of the skin that produce sweat. They form a variety of exocrine glands producing and secreting substances onto the skin's epithelial surface via a duct.

Two kinds of sweat glands exist in the body. They differ in structure, function, secretory product, mechanism of excretion, and anatomic distribution.

Eccrine sweat glands

Eccrine sweat glands are spread almost all over our bodies in varying densities. The highest density occurs in the palms and soles... hint, smelly feet for some. Eccrine glands occur on the head but much less on the trunk and the extremities. The secretion is water-based and, therefore, due to the high specific heat capacity of water, efficiently cools the body, especially on hot summer days when there's a breeze (or fan). These exudations DO NOT stink.

Apocrine sweat glands

Apocrine sweat glands, on the other hand, are mostly limited to the axillae (armpits) and perineal area (the part between the anus and penis/vagina in humans). They have zero to do with cooling in humans but are the only effective sweat glands in hoofed animals. Are these smelly parts a vestigial link to our smelly ape ancestors?

Below is a picture showing the location of these smelly sweat pores:

Human skin structure Deodorants and Antiperspirants

Tomáš Kebert & umimeto.orgCC BY-SA 4.0

Deodorants and Antiperspirants Explained


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Antiperspirants use aluminum or zirconium to block the pores. Somehow, that must interfere with our biochemistry, but the boffins remain taciturn. It's UNNATURAL to do that.

Mainstream off-the-shelf mass-produced sprays with volatile hydrocarbons mixed with bits of aluminum or zirconium, work for several hours.

Mainstream deodorants use a chemical called Triclosan:

Triclosan stops bacteria from growing so is used as a biocide in personal care products such as deodorants, soaps and shower gels. Triclosan is (2,4,4'-trichloro-2'-hydroxydiphenyl ether), a non-ionic, broad spectrum, antimicrobial agent that, because of its 'favorable' safety profile, has been incorporated into many personal care products such as deodorant soaps, underarm deodorants, shower gels, and handwashes.

After the Covid money-making scam by the health industry, do you still TRUST its products?

On the other hand, natural deodorants have been laboratory certified to be A++ free from Glyphosate, Heavy Metals, and Microbiology. They last LONGER (so they are more economical in the long run) and don't clog skin pores. They naturally prevent armpit bacteria from stinking:

Spicewood: a natural, organic, lab-verified, very low in glyphosate and heavy metals, non-toxic deodorant that WORKS!

In a nutshell, natural deodorants must be the choice as they give you peace of mind that you're not poisoning yourself with chemicals.

Boffins only follow the money, all said and done.

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